We started breeding Gelbvieh beef cattle in 1989 after extensive research to find a breed that could be used in crossbreeding programs to produce calves that were born easily and possessed the ability to grow to market weights in minimum time periods and finish with maximum muscling and optimum fat cover. We were also looking for a breed that exhibited strong maternal and fertility traits as well as early puberty. Our research led us to the results of the extensive trials conducted by the Meat Animal Research Centre (MARC) in Nebraska USA. Gelbvieh cows consistently excelled as the breed that would wean more pounds of beef per cow exposed than any other breed or cross of breeds.
More recently we introduced Red Angus as it became obvious after many years of crossbreeding with our Gelbviehs that the Angus breed offered the best options to produce the ideal carcase animal. The Balancer, as the cross is known, has created a huge impact in North American beef herds and is now strongly establishing itself in Australia.
We chose red as years of breeding beef cattle had proven to us that red cattle were more consistent, with stronger phenotypes, greater softness and easier finishing ability whilst maintaining or increasing growth rates and carcase quality.
We also breed a specially selected line of Black Gelbviehs because we do acknowledge the huge contribution that black cattle make to the beef industry.
Our new home
We are in the process of relocating to a newly purchased property at Sassafras on the beautiful North West Coast of Tasmania. With the magnificent Mount Roland as a backdrop it is an ideal location to relax and soak up the views and an easy 15 minute drive to our home on the edge of the Rubicon Estuary at Port Sorell, "The home of Golden Beaches".
The main Spring calving herd and the young bulls are still at Bishopsbourne where our Contracting business is based.
In the beginning
Located in the fertile Cluan valley at the foothills of the Great Western Tiers in Northern Tasmania and a pleasant 10 minute drive from the historic town of Westbury you will find the properties where the Geltas and Pine Park studs were founded. Denis and Tim Dobson, principals of the Geltas stud, breed purebred Gelbvieh and Red Angus cattle and also cross the two breeds to produce Balancers. Denis is also principal of the Pine Park Charolais stud that he founded in 1974
The Gelbvieh stud was founded with the purchase of females from the Ballanee stud in Victoria and the extensive use of principally North American AI sires.
Later cattle were purchased from other leading Australian studs including Norolle, Teurong Park, Ebony Lodge, Macquarie, Crystal Creek and Mellool.
The stud has exhibited extensively at Agricultural shows and entered commercial cattle in hoof and hook competitions throughout Tasmania over many years with tremendous success, winning many Royal Show Interbreed awards and Champion steer and carcase awards.
Gelbvieh cross calves are regularly sold to commercial buyers and attract premium prices. In the late 1990's a pen of our Gelbvieh x Angus calves sold for the then, auction record price of $905 per head.